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Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in Primary Care: The Fit for Later Life Project has launched its first study looking at the Usual Care of Older Patients in Primary Care.

16 February 2016

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment is a process which looks at all the healthcare needs of an older person including a plan for treatments and interventions that are needed.

In this study volunteers will be invited to participate in focus groups. They will be asked about their opinions, attitudes and thoughts about the usual care of people aged 75 years and older at their GP practice (Primary Care).

As the new Fit for Later Life Project CGA clinic is additional and not a replacement service it makes sense to look at what is currently offered for older People in Primary Care before the new service is implemented.

A focus group is usually made up of 4 to 15 voluntary participants and a facilitator who will discover and record their views and attitudes about a specific topic. This is a form of qualitative data collection.

The first focus group of this study took place in a GP practice, where staff gave up their lunchtime to participate in the study. 4th year BScMed. student, Tom FitzGerald conducted the focus group supervised by Principal Investigator, Dr. Lynn Lansbury. A semi-structured schedule was used to guide the participants to relate their views on the usual care of patients aged 75 years and older.

A semi-structured schedule provides open-ended questions on the topic with the goal of understanding the point of view of the participants.

Staff who are involved in the primary care of older patients include nurses, General Practitioners (GPs), Health Care Assistants (HCAs) and the administrative staff who take care of records, appointments and communications with other health care providers. The views of these experts will provide a description of the usual care of older patients.

This is only part of the story; we need to collect the opinions and experiences of the patients themselves and their carers. The participating GP surgery is currently recruiting patients aged 75 years and older and their carers.

Patient and public involvement is vital to the success of the CLAHRC.

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